Thursday, July 9 2009
Mingus Ah Um sounds like the 20th Century: it is a self-portrait of a man who helped define the direction of post-bop jazz, commenting on the country that created him.
Monday, July 16 2007
Psalm 100 instructs, "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord!". What more joyful sound than the life-affirming song of protest, for that is the sound wrenched from the deepest grief and suffering, from exhausted and diseased lungs, and the voice raised in tuneful protest is among the most beautiful of human sounds. Sing out, indeed!
Wednesday, July 11 2007
This newly remastered version of the Mingus classic still sounds crazy after all these years -- crazy good!
Tuesday, May 19 2009
If you enjoy great composition, then this is for you.
Thursday, November 2 2006
All Mingus asked for was the impossible. More often than not, he achieved it.
Tuesday, October 1 2002
Sunday, January 1 1995
Mingus returns to his bass on The Clown and delivers one of his finest sets of compositions.